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Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Version of section 144 from 2010-06-03 to 2019-06-24:

  •  (1) The employer must provide a fall-protection system to every person, other than an employee who is installing or removing a fall-protection system, who is granted access to

    • (a) an unguarded work area that is

      • (i) more than 2.4 m above the nearest permanent safe level,

      • (ii) above any moving parts of machinery or any other surface or thing that could cause injury to a person on contact, or

      • (iii) above an open hold;

    • (b) a structure referred to in Part 2 that is more than 3 m above a permanent safe level; or

    • (c) a ladder at a height of more than 2.4 m above the nearest permanent safe level and because of the nature of the work, that person can use only one hand to hold onto the ladder.

  • (2) The components of a fall-protection system must meet the following standards:

    • (a) CSA Standard Z259.1-05, Body Belts and Saddles for Work Positioning and Travel Restraint;

    • (b) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.2.1-98 (R2008), Fall Arresters, Vertical Lifelines and Rails;

    • (c) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.2.2-98 (R2009), Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall-Arrest Systems;

    • (d) CSA Standard Z259.2.3-99 (R2004), Descent Control Devices;

    • (e) CSA Standard Z259.10-06, Full Body Harnesses;

    • (f) CSA Standard Z259.11-05, Energy Absorbers and Lanyards;

    • (g) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.12-01 (R2006), Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS);

    • (h) CSA Standard Z259.13-04 (R2009), Flexible Horizontal Lifeline Systems; and

    • (i) CSA Standard Z259.16-04 (R2009), Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems.

  • (3) The anchor of a fall-protection system must be capable of withstanding a force of 17.8 kN.

  • (4) A fall-protection system that is used to arrest the fall of a person must prevent that person

    • (a) from being subjected to a peak fall arrest force of more than 8 kN; and

    • (b) from falling freely for more than 1.2 m.

  • (5) An employer must train and instruct every employee required to install or remove a fall-protection system in a work place in the procedures to be followed for the installation or removal of the system.

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